Notes of Magic sounds like a magical book full of music, history, and a fantastic world. I am always intrigued by world building, so I was really pleased when I could get the author, Jessica Bucher, to talk more about the process of creating a world.
The world of Bohemia. The idea came to me for this setting while visiting Prague in 2013. As we meandered the city, full of music, history, and romance, I turned to my husband and said, “this city should be in more novels.” And from there, an idea was born.
I had always loved street performers. There is something about these musicians and artists with indescribable talents who stood in the streets, not only sharing their magic with the world, but literally changing the atmosphere of the city. I started imagining that they live in a secret world within the cities that we cannot even imagine.
Bohemia is a sanctuary for the gifted, not only with magic, but with a passion for life and art. Set three hundred years in the future, the rest of the world has forgotten about the beauty of real art, creating something beautiful from nothing. But in Bohemia, the old-world charm still lives on.
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Taq dropped his fiddle case on the dust-covered cobblestone floor of the Charles Bridge. He took a deep breath absorbing the energy of the busy scene around him. He beamed with excitement. The morning crowd moved through the broad space that connected the Old Town to the Castle District. Artists, food vendors, and florists lined the perimeter of the bridge leaving a narrow space between for people to browse. The scent of freshly-watered flowers and warm pastries wafted through the breeze. The bridge existed like a world all its own. But Taq knew there was something else that brought the city to life each day.
Musicians, magicians, and living statues performed in the humble spaces between vendors. Their hats and boxes collected the treasures of appreciation. This was why Taq came to Prague at all. Anyone who loved art and music the way he did, gathered in this mecca. His great-grandfather raised him on the stories of this new Bohemia.
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About the Author
Jessica Bucher is a Young Adult author living in Texas with her husband and children. Her first book, The Hereafter, was published in 2016. When she’s not writing, editing, or chasing her kids, she can be found scrolling through Facebook or planning her next travel adventure.
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